During the Christmas holidays, which is the second busiest time of the year for airline travel, getting home for the holidays can be an extremely vexing time. With some airlines charging more for luggage and others charging for meals, snacks, radio and movie entertainment, among most of the other extras normally provided for free, taking the train, a bus, or even renting a comfortable vehicle for the drive home can be the best idea you have ever had.
When visiting family for the Christmas holidays, or for any other festive times where gift giving is part of the festivities, bringing your presents home with you can cost you a lot of money on top of the already high holiday travel premiums that almost all airlines charge. With the use of buses, trains and rental vehicles to get home for the holidays, there is very little that has to be left behind, or put off until you get to your destination.
Is there a special brand of turkey that you have been ranting and raving over for the years to your friends and family? When using transportation alternative to the airlines for holiday travel, bringing that special, thirty pound, smoked turkey home for a treat will no longer cost you more than double what you paid for the bird in the first place. Bring as much as you want with you, and do not worry about the cost when using non-airline transportation to get home.
When using a rental vehicle to get home for the holidays, as long as your trip would be no more than an eight hour drive or so, the financial benefits are joined with the benefits of having transportation while at your destination. With a large group gathering at your family’s home, festive drives around well-lit and decorated homes and businesses can be an extremely enjoyable adventure on Christmas eve. For a bonus, when children are in te vehicle with you, find a local AM radio station that gives the updates as to where Santa Clause is, and how long the kids have to get home and into bed before the big man drops down your chimney.
Taking a train home for the holidays can be an extremely relaxing and invigorating adventure, especially if your train’s route takes you through some majestic scenery, like the Rocky Mountains, deserts and along the old Route 66. Keep a camera and a camcorder handy when riding in the observation car, and try to get a sleeper cabin, for both privacy and the hot shower. Extra baggage can be stored in the storage cabin, and just what you need for the trip brought onto the train with you.
No matter the choice of transportation that you decide upon in order to get home for the holidays, all of the savings that are realized by not taking an airplane home can be spent while at home. However, as with all other busy travel times of the year, you should make reservations for anything that you will be needing, from the vehicle rental agreement to any motels, hotels, train or bus fees and any other possible reservations along the way or once you get home should be made well in advance. For rental vehicles, a three to six month reservation is normal.
Enjoy your trip home, and remember that there are alternatives to being patted down, scanned trough a machine that shows a lot more than it really should, and extremely embarrassing and infuriating strip searches when taking trains, buses and rental cars to get home for the holidays.